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dim sum

 (dĭm′ so͝om′, sŭm′)
n.
A traditional Chinese cuisine in which small portions of a variety of foods, including an assortment of steamed or fried dumplings, are served in succession.

[Cantonese dim2 sam1, light refreshments (equivalent to Mandarin diǎnxīn), from Middle Chinese tiam´ sim : tiam´, dot, point, spot + sim, heart, mind (from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *sam, *sem; akin to Tibetan sem(s), to think).]
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dim sum

(ˈdɪm ˈsʌm)
n
(Cookery) a Chinese appetizer of steamed dumplings containing various fillings
[Cantonese]
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dim sum

(ˈdɪm ˈsʌm)
n.
assorted small items of savory food, including small dumplings, served as a light Chinese meal.
[1945–50; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) dím sàm= Chinese diǎnxīn (diǎn dot, speck + xīn heart)]
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Noun1.dim sum - traditional Chinese cuisine; a variety of foods (including several kinds of steamed or fried dumplings) are served successively in small portions
cuisine, culinary art - the practice or manner of preparing food or the food so prepared
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
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